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Course structure of UG English HonoursSemester CourseICourse NameCreditsTotal marksAEC-IAEC-I04100C-IBritish Poetry and Drama: 14thto 17th Centuries06100C-IIBritish Poetry and Drama: 17thand 18th Century06100GE-IAcademic Writing sh Prose: 18th Century06100C-IVIndian Writing in English06100GE-IIGender and Human Rights0610022IIIC-VBritish Romantic Literature06100C-VIBritish Literature 19th Century06100C-VIIBritish Literature: Early 20thCentury06100GE-IIINation, Culture, India06100

SEC-ISEC-I0410028IVC-VIIIC-IXAmerican Literature06100European Classical Literature06100061000610004100C-XWomen’s WritingGE-IVSEC-IILanguage and LinguisticsSEC-II28Semester CourseVC-XIC-XIIDSE-ICourse NameModern European DramaIndian Classical LiteratureLiterary TheoryDSE-IICreditsTotal marks06100061000610006100World Literature24VIC-XIIIPostcolonial Literatures06100C-XIVPopular Literature06100

DSE-IIIDSE-IVPartition LiteratureWriting for Mass Media061000610006100*ORDSE-IVDissertation24

ENGLISHHONOURS PAPERS:Core Course -14 papersDiscipline Specific Elective - 4 papers (3 1 paper or Project)Generic Elective for Non English students - 4 Papers. In case the University offers 2 subjectswith two papers each in GE, then papers 1 and 2 will be the GE paperMarks per paper – Midterm : 20 marks, End term : 80 marks, Total – 100 marksCredit per paper – 6Project (Hard Copy-80, Presentation-20)Core Paper IBRITISH POETRY AND DRAMA: 14TH TO 17TH CENTURIESIntroduction:The paper seeks to introduce the students to British poetry and drama from the 14th to the 17thcentury. It helps students sample and explore certain seminal texts from the early modern period,covering the genesis of modern English poetry and the Renaissance that set British poetry anddrama on their glorious course to greatness.UNIT 1: Historical overview(i)The period is remarkable in many ways: 14th century poetry evokes an unmistakablesense of “modern” and the spirit of Renaissance is marked in the Elizabethan Drama.The Reformation brings about sweeping changes in religion and politics. A period ofexpansion of horizons: intellectual and geographical.UNIT 2: Geoffrey Chaucer(i) The Pardoner’s TaleUNIT 3: Spenser: “Sonnet 34 (Amoretti)”(i) Shakespeare: ‘That time of the year ” (Sonnet 73)(ii) Ben Jonson: “Song to Celia”(iii)John Donne: “Sunne Rising”UNIT 4: Shakespeare(i) MacbethText Books Texts as prescribed in Units 2,3,4

Reference Books The Pelican Guide to English Literature. Ed. Boris Ford. Vol 1 The Age of Chaucer English Literature in Context. Paul Poplawski. Cambridge UP, 2008 Routledge History of Literature in English. Ronald Carter & John Mc Rae. London:Routledge, 1997 Shakespeare for Beginners by Brandon Toropov English Literature by Jonathan Bate (Ch. 7 “Shakespeare and the Dramatic Literature”)Core Paper IIBRITISH POETRY AND DRAMA: 17TH AND 18TH CENTURYIntroduction:The Introduction of this paper is to acquaint students with the Jacobean and the 18th centuryBritish poetry and drama, the first a period of the acid satire and the comedy of humours, and thesecond a period of supreme satiric poetry and the comedy of manners.UNIT 1: Historical overview(i)17th C: Period of the English Revolution (1640–60); the Jacobean period;metaphysical poetry; cavalier poetry; comedy of humors; masques and beast fables(ii)18th C: Puritanism; Restoration; Neoclassicism; Heroic poetry; Restoration comedy;Comedy of mannersUNIT 2: Milton: “Lycidas”(i)Andrew Marvell: ‘To His Coy Mistress”(ii) Alexander Pope: “Ode On Solitude”(iii)Aphra Behn: “I Led my Silvia to a Grove”(iv) Robert Herrick: “His Return to London”UNIT 3: Ben Jonson(i)VolponeUNIT 4: Dryden(i) All For LoveText Books Texts prescribed in units 2, 3, 4 (All the texts are freely available on the sites such,, etc. Inaddition, the following anthologies may be consulted.)Reference Books Routledge History of Literature in English. Ronald Carter & John Mc Rae. London:

Routledge, 1997Black, Joseph (Ed). : The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Concise Edition,Vol. A. Broadview Press, London, 2007.Corns, T N( ed.) The Cambridge Companion to English Poetry. Cambridge: UniversityPress, 1973Ford, Boris ed. The Pelican Guide to English Literature. Vol 3. From Donne to Marvellin. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1976.Parry, G.: The Seventeenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of EnglishLiterature. Harlow: Longman, 1989.Sherwood, T. G: Fulfilling the Circle: A Study of John Donne’s Thought, Toronto,Toronto Press, 1984.Core Paper IIIBRITISH PROSE: 18TH CENTURYIntroduction:The Introduction of the paper is to acquaint the students with a remarkable, newly evolved formof literature: the essay. The period is also known for its shift of emphasis from reason to emotionUNIT 1: Historical overview: Restoration, Glorious Revolution, Neo-classicism, AndEnlightenment.UNIT 2: Mary Wollstonecraft(i)“The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered” (Chapter 1, A Vindicationof the Rights of Women)UNIT 3: Joseph Addison: Essays(i)“Friendship,” “Good Nature,” “Six Papers on Wit”(From Joseph Addison: Essays and Tales, )UNIT 4: Samuel Johnson(i)”Narratives of Travellers Considered,” and “Obstructions of Learning”from Samuel Johnson’s Essays Text Books Texts prescribed in Units 2, 3, 4. Web sources are indicated against the texts in brackets.Reference Books Routledge History of Literature in English. Ronald Carter & John Mc Rae. London:Routledge, 1997

Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol 2 (Head notes on the periods and authorsfeatured in the paper) English Literature by Jonathan Bate (Ch. 4 “The Study of English”) Pelican Guide to English Literature. Ed. Boris Ford. Vol 4. From Dryden to JohnsonO.M. Myres, “Introduction” to The Coverley Papers Core Paper IVINDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISHIntroduction:Indian writing in English has been the fastest growing branch of Indian literature in the last onehundred years. It has produced a rich and vibrant body of writing spanning all genres. As a‘twice born’ form of writing, it partakes of both the indigenous and the foreign perspectives andhas an inherent tendency to be postcolonial. This paper seeks to introduce the students to thefield through a selection of representative poems, novel and play.UNIT 1: Historical overview(i)Indian writing in English, the key points of which are East India Company’s arrival inIndia, Macaulay’s 1835 Minutes of Education, India’s first war of independence andthe establishment of colleges to promote Western education and the evolution ofIndian writing in English in 20th century.UNIT 2:(i) Sarojini Naidu “The Bangle Sellers”,(ii) A.K.Ramanujan “Obituary”,(iii)Jayanta Mahapatra “Grandfather”,(iv) Nissim Ezekiel “Night of the Scorpion”UNIT 3: R.K Narayan(i) The GuideUNIT 4: Mahesh Dattani

(i)Final SolutionsText Books Texts prescribed in Units 2, 3, 4.Reference Books Mehrotra, Arvind Krishna. Concise History of Indian Literature in English, PermanentBlack, 2010.K. Srinivas Ayenger. A History of Indian Writing in EnglishM.K. Naik. History of Indian Writing in EnglishVinay Dharwadker. “The Historical Formation of Indian English Literatrue” in SheldonPollock (ed) Literary Cultures in HistoryModern Indian Drama: Issues and Interventions (ed) Lakshmi SubramanyamCore Paper VBRITISH ROMANTIC LITERATUREIntroduction:The paper aims at acquainting the students with the Romantic period and some of itsrepresentative writers. The students will be able to sample some seminal works of the Romanticage which gave expression to the key ideas of the period such as return to nature, subjectivity,desire for personal freedom and the defiance of classicism-imposed restrictions on poetic form.UNIT 1: Historical overview(i)The period otherwise known as The Romantic Revival; The Age of Revolution as itowes its origin to the epoch making French Revolution of 1789. The emphasis on theorganic relationship between man and Nature, individual liberty and unbridled desirefree from the shackles of classicism made this period unique—Romanticism vsClassicismUNIT 2:(i) Thomas Gray: “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,”(ii) William Blake: “A Poison Tree” and “Chimney Sweeper”UNIT 3:(i) William Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey”(ii) S. T. Coleridge: “Kubla Khan,”(iii)John Keats: “Ode to a Nightingale,”(iv) P. B. Shelley: “Ode to the West Wind,”UNIT 4:

(i) William Wordsworth’s Preface to the 2nd edition of Lyrical BalladsText Books Texts prescribed in Units 2, 3, 4Reference Books Paul Poplawski, English Literature in Context, “The Romantic Period” Routledge History of Literature in English. Ronald Carter & John Mc Rae. London:Routledge, 1997 Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol 2 (Head notes on the periods and authorsfeatured in the paper) Pelican Guide to English Literature. Vol 5. From Blake to Byron. Ed. Boris Ford Maurice Bowra, The Romantic Imagination English Literature. Jonathan Bate (Ch. 5 “Periods and Movements”)Core Paper VIBRITISH LITERATURE 19TH CENTURYIntroduction:This paper seeks to introduce the students to the exploits of the 19th century British Literature inprose, especially fiction and cultural criticism. It also includes samples of Victorian poetry.UNIT 1: Historical overview(i)The 19th century British literature though mainly famous for the RomanticMovement, was also a witness to major socio-political developments likeindustrialization, technological advancements and large scale mobilization of peoplefrom the rural to the urban centers.UNIT 2: Poetry(i) Tennyson; “Break, Break, Break”, Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess”(ii) Criticism: Matthew Arnold: “The Study of Poetry”UNIT 3: Jane Austen(i)Pride and PrejudiceUNIT 4: Charles Dickens(i)Hard TimesText Books: Texts prescribed in Units 2, 3, 4Reference Books:

English Literature in Context. Paul Poplawski. Cambridge UP, 2008Routledge History of Literature in English. Ronald Carter & John Mc Rae. London:Routledge, 1997Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol 2 (Head notes on the periods and authorsfeatured in the paper)English Literature. Jonathan Bate (Ch. 4 “The Study of English”, Ch. 5 “Periods andMovements”)Terry Eagleton, The English NovelCore Paper VIIBRITISH LITERATURE: EARLY 20TH CENTURYIntroduction:The paper aims at acquainting the students with the literature of Britain in the early 20th century,focusing on the modernist canon in poetry, novel, and literary criticism.UNIT 1: Historical overview(i)Developments in society and economy, leading to a crisis in western society knownas the First World War and the resultant change in the ways of knowing andperceiving. Marx’s concept of class struggle, Freud’s theory of the unconscious areto be discussed.UNIT 2: Poetry(i) T.S. Eliot “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”,(ii) Yeats: “Second Coming”,(iii)Wilfred Owen: “Strange Meeting”,(iv) Siegfried Sassoon, “Suicide in the Trenches”(v) Criticism: T.S. Eliot: “Tradition and the Individual Talent”UNIT 3:(i) Virginia Woolf: Mrs. DallowayUNIT 4:(i)J M Synge Ryders to the SeaText Books Texts prescribed in Units 2, 3, 4Reference Books: Pelican Guide to English Literature: Vol. 7. The Modern Age (ed.) Boris Ford

Routledge History of Literature in English. Ronald Carter & John Mc Rae. London:Routledge, 1997English Literature. Jonathan Bate (Ch. 5 “Periods and Movements”)Modernism. Critical Idiom. By Peter FaulknerModernism. New Critical Idiom. By Peter ChildsCore Paper VIIIAMERICAN LITERATUREIntroduction:This is a survey paper providing an overview of canonical authors from American Literature inthe established genres.UNIT 1: Historical overview(i)Genesis and evolution, and the defining myths of American Literature—city on a hill,the frontier spirit, the American Dream, manifest destiny, epluribusunumUNIT 2:(i) Walt Whitman: “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking”,(ii) Robert Frost: “Stopping by the Woods in a Snowy Evening”,(iii)Emily Dickinson: “Because I could not stop for death”(iv) Maya Angelou: “I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing”UNIT 3:(i)Arthur Miller: The Death of a SalesmanUNIT 4:(i)Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell to ArmsText Books Texts prescribed in Units 2, 3, 4 (All texts are available on the Internet.)Reference Books: Pelican Guide to English Literature. Vol. 9. American Literature. Ed. Boris Ford Highlights of American Literature. Dr. Carl Bode (USIS) A Short History of American Literature, Krishna Sen and Ashok Sengupta. OrientBlackSwan, 2017 The Story of American Literature. By Ludwig Lewisohn Norton Anthology of American Literature. (Head notes on authors and periods to be read)

Core Paper IXEUROPEAN CLASSICAL LITERATUREIntroduction:This paper seeks to introduce the students to European Classical literature, commonly consideredto have begun in the 8th century BC in ancient Greece and continued until the decline of theRoman Empire in the 5th century AD. The paper seeks to acquaint the students with thefounding texts of the European canon.UNIT 1: Historical Review(i)Classical Antiquity: ancient Greece, the rise and decline of the Roman Empire;Geographical space: cultural history of the Greco-Roman world centered on theMediterranean SeaUNIT 2: Epic poetry(i) Homer: Odyssey (Book I)UNIT 3: Tragedy:(i)Sophocles: Oedipus the KingUNIT 4: Criticism:(i)Aristotle: Poetics (Chapters: 6,7,8)Text Books Texts prescribed in Units 2, 3, 4(All texts are available for free access on ProjectGutenberg Books: H.D.F. Kitto, Form and Meaning in Greek Drama H.D.F. Kitto, The Greeks Eric Auerbach, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature Gilbert Murray, A History of Ancient Greek Literature, Andesite Press, 2017. Classicism: A Very Short Introduction OUPCore Paper XWOMEN’S WRITINGIntroduction:The paper seeks to acquaint the students with the works of women writers from different

cultures and nations in various genres. Further, it seeks to make them critically aware of theissues relating to the workings of patriarchy, issues of gender, and relations of desire and power.UNIT 1: Virginia Woolf(i)“Chapter 1” from A Room of One’s OwnUNIT 2: Charlotte Bronte(i)Jane EyreUNIT 3:(i) Kamala Das, ‘An Introduction’, ‘The Sunshine Cat’(ii) Sylvia Plath, ‘Mirror’, ‘Barren Woman’(iii)Eunice de Souza, ‘Women in Dutch Painting’, ‘Remember Medusa’(iv) Shanta Acharya, ‘Homecoming’, ‘Shringara’UNIT 4:(i)Ashapurna Devi, The Distant WindowText Books Texts prescribed in Units 1, 2, 3, 4Reference Books: Toril Moi, Sexual/Textual PoliticsElaine Showalter, A Literature of Their OwnSandra Gilbert and Susan Guber, The Mad Woman in the AtticThe Distant Window, Prachi Prakashan, Tr. Anima Bose, 1997Helen Carr, ‘A History of Women’s Writing’ in A History of Feminist Literary Criticismby Gill Plain and Susan SellersMary Eagleton, ‘Literary Representations of Women’ in A History of Feminist LiteraryCriticism by Gill Plain and Susan SellersCore Paper XIMODERN EUROPEAN DRAMAIntroduction:The aim of this paper is to introduce the students to the best of experimental and innovativedramatic literature of modern Europe.UNIT 1: Historical Review

(i)Politics, social change and the stage; text and performance; European Drama:Realism and Beyond; Tragedy and Heroism in Modern European Drama; The Theatreof the AbsurdUNIT 2: Henrik Ibsen(i)GhostsUNIT 3: Eugene Ionesco(i)ChairsUNIT 4: Bertolt Brecht(i)Life of GalileoText Books Texts prescribed in Units 1, 2, 3, 4Web Resources Ionesco: edan-eng.pdf Ibsen: htmReference Books: Constantin Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares, Chap. 8, ‘Faith and the Sense of Truth’, tr. Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood (Harmondsworth:Penguin, 1967) sections 1,2, 7,8,9, pp. 121-5, 137-46. Bertolt Brecht, ‘The Street Scene’, ‘Theatre for Pleasure or Theatre for Instruction’, and‘Dramatic Theatre vs Epic Theatre’, in Brecht on Theatre:The Development of anAesthetic, ed. And tr. John Willet (London: Methuen, 1992) pp.68-76, 121-8. George Steiner, ‘On Modern Tragedy’, in The Death of Tragedy (London: Faber, 1995)pp. 303-24. Raymond Williams, Drama from Ibsen to Brecht Jean Genet, Reflections on Theatre (London:Faber & Faber) Chapter 2: “The StrangeWorld Urb ” pp. 63-74. Theatre of Absurd. Martin EsslinCore Paper XIIINDIAN CLASSICAL LITERATURE(Training of teachers essential for teaching this course)Introduction:This paper seeks to create awareness among the students of the rich and diverse literary andaesthetic culture of ancient India.

UNIT 1: Introduction to the history and genesis of Indian Classical LiteratureUNIT 2: Sanskrit Drama –1(i)Kalidasa, Abhijnanasakuntalam, Act IV, tr. M.R Kale, Motilal Banarasi Dass, NewDelhiUNIT 3: Sanskrit Drama-2(i)Mrcchakatika by Sudraka, Act I, tr. M.M. Ramachandra Kale (New Delhi: MotilalBanarasidass, 1962)UNIT 4: Aesthetics and Maxims(i)Bharata's Natyasastra, Chapter VI on Rasa theoryText Books Texts prescribed in units II,III, IVReference Books: Kalidasa. Critical Edition. Sahitya Akademi Bharata’s Natyashastra. English Translation by M.M. Ghosh. Vol 1. 2nd edition. AsiaticSociety, Kolkata, 1950. Ch. 6 “Sentiments”. Pp. 158-95 J.A.B. Van Buitenen, “Dharma and Moksa” in Roy W. Perrett. Ed. Indian Philosophy.Vol 5, Theory of Value: A Collection of Readings. New York: Garland, 2000. Pp. 33-40 Vinay Dharwadkar, “Orientalism and the Study of Indian Literature”, Orientalism andthe Postcolonial Predicament: Perspectives on South Asia. Ed. Carol A. Breckenridgeand Peter Van der Veer. New Delhi: OUP, 1994. Pp. 158-95 Haldhar Panda, Universals of PoeticsCore Paper XIIIPOSTCOLONIAL LITERATURESIntroduction:This paper seeks to introduce the students to postcolonial literature —a body of literature thatresponds to European colonialism and empire in Asia, Africa, Middle East, the Pacific andelsewhere. The paper aims to provide the students with the opportunity to think through thelayered response – compliance, resistance, mimicry, subversion – that is involved in theproduction of post-independence literatureUNIT 1:

(i) Postcolonialism: Elleke Boehmer ( From Literary Theory and Criticism Ed. Patricia Waugh)(a) The post in Postcolonial,(b) Movements and theories against Empire(c) Leading Postcolonial Thinkers ( Frantz Fanon, Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak, HomiBhabha)UNIT 2: Raja Rao(i)KanthapuraUNIT 3: Jean Rhys(i)Wide Sargasso SeaUNIT 4: Athol Fugard(i)Blood KnotText Books Texts prescribed in Units 1, 2, 3, 4Reference Books: Chinua Achebe: “English and the African Writer” (Available online) Ngugi wa Thiong’o: “The Quest for Relevance” from Decolonizing the Mind: ThePolitics of Language in African Literature Leela Gandhi, Postcolonial Theory: An Introduction. OUP, 1998. Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffin, Helen Tiffin, The Empire Writes Back: Theory andPractice of Post-Colonial Literature. Edward Said. Orientalism.Core Paper XIVPOPULAR LITERATUREIntroduction:This paper seeks to introduce the students to genres such as children’s literature, detective fictionand campus fiction, which have a “mass” appeal, and can help us gain a better understanding ofthe popular and folk roots of literature.UNIT 1: Introduction to the concept(i) What is popular literature?(ii) Debate between popular and high cultures (‘high brow’ v/s ‘low brow’)(iii)What is Genre fiction?(iv) Debate between genre fiction and literary fiction

Essays for discussion: Lev Grossman: “Literary Revolution in the Supermarket Aisle: Genre Fiction isDisruptive /23/genre-fiction-is-disruptive-technology/ Arthur Krystal: “Easy Writers: Guilty pleasures without guilt”htt

COURSE IN ENGLISH (Bachelor of Arts Examination) . Course structure of UG English Honours Semester Course Course Name Credits Total marks I AEC-I AEC-I 04 100 C-I British Poetry and Drama: 14th to 17th Centuries 06 100 C-II British Poetry and Drama: 1